The Winter Olympics are in full swing and many are tuning in to watch the figure skating competition, which prompted me to look back into our collections for images of ice skating from years past. I particularly enjoy the photos of Washingtonians enjoying ice skating on the Reflecting Pool, which stretches between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial. It became an unofficial ice rink for locals in the early part of the 20th century whenever it froze solid enough. (Skating on the Reflecting Pool is no longer permitted, so these older photos give us the best glimpse of this past experience.) This photo from almost exactly 100 years ago caught my attention, as it evoked my favorite sport on ice, one also featured in the Winter Olympics: ice hockey.
The photo above, from January 1922 of a young lady about to strike a small hockey puck on the Reflecting Pool, with the Lincoln Memorial providing a dramatic backdrop, led me to search for related images. This one below, of a faceoff, added to the story. It’s hard to know if the rest of the photos taken at the same time are closely connected, though I think I see some of the same figures. Regardless, everyone skating around certainly seems to be having a good time, based on the second photo below!
Enjoy a few more views of the Reflecting Pool as a venue for all types of winter sports – skating, sledding, hockey and just general fun!
- Explore more images on the subject of ice skating in the Prints and Photographs Online Catalog.
- Read previous Picture This posts related to the Olympic Games, with links to additional posts from around the Library of Congress:
- Enjoy the Free to Use and Reuse sets of images from the Library of Congress, including the latest set featuring Athletes.